Delayed Cord Clamping, with Dr. Mark Sloan
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #29
Waiting a few minutes to clamp a newborn’s umbilical cord can have significant health benefits, and yet the debate of early vs. delayed cord clamping rages on. What’s the big deal? Dr. Mark Sloan explains and share what the evidence says.
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What we talked about:
- How much time are we talking about?
- Who started this immediate cord clamping practice, anyway?
- What does Darwin’s grandfather have to say in the matter?
- The placenta is your baby’s fetal lung!
- How would you handle having a third of your blood volume outside of your body?!
- The benefits of delayed cord clamping (a.k.a. physiological cord clamping)
- Delayed cord clamping can help your baby learn to breathe
- The brain needs iron to grow and develop; breastmilk has very little iron
- Newborn iron deficiency is a thing
- Delayed cord clamping and cord-blood banking
Links for more on delayed cord clamping:
- ACOG’s statement on “Timing of Umbilical Cord Clamping After Birth”
- “Optimal timing of cord clamping for the prevention of iron deficiency anaemia in infants”, from the World Health Organization
- Common Objections to Delayed Cord Clamping – What’s The Evidence Say? by Dr. Sloan for Science and Sensibility
- Article on the Cochrane Review on Delayed Cord Clamping, by Dr. Sloan for Science and Sensibility
- The Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping: New evidence by Dr. Mark Sloan
- The new research on Effect of Delayed Cord Clamping on Neurodevelopment at 4 Years of Age and NPR’s article about it.
- Penny Simkin’s video demonstration on delayed cord clamping
- Timing of Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Clamping (TICC TOCC) innitiative by Dr. Alan Greene
- “Hey doctor, wait longer to cut the umbilical cord!” – Dr. Alan Greene at TEDxBrussels (video)
- And a long list of other related links from Cord-Clamping.com
About Dr. Mark Sloan
Mark Sloan, M.D. has been a pediatrician for more than 30 years. Trained at the University of Michigan, he practiced with Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento and Santa Rosa, California, from 1982 to 2014. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and currently teaches pediatrics and reflective writing at the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency. This spring Mark earned a Masters in Public Health degree, with a concentration in maternal-child health, from the University of Minnesota.
Mark is also a writer—his book, Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth, was praised by The Washington Post, The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, the New England Journal of Medicine, and The International Journal of Childbirth Education, among many other publications, and was a 2010 Northern California Book Awards finalist. Translated into Japanese as Baby Science, Birth Day was named a “Top 10 Science Book of 2010” by the Japan Economic Times.
Mark lives in Santa Rosa California with Elisabeth Chicoine (pronounced “Schick-WAHN”), his wife of 30 years. They have two grown children.